Every snowstorm and every rain event that occurs in the Missouri Basin between now and next spring will increase the odds that the Missouri River will flood in 2020.
National Weather Service meteorologist Mark Fuchs recently noted that the Missouri Basin can expect a wetter-than-normal winter. He also stated that the soils in the Upper Midwest and Northern Plains are either saturated or nearing saturation. Fuchs fears that once those soils freeze solid, all the moisture presently lying atop the land, stored beneath it, or yet to accumulate on it, will lie in wait till the spring thaw. And if that thaw comes in a hurry, like it did this past March, then the Missouri is likely to bound out of its banks again, with potentially catastrophic consequences for those living in the valley south of Sioux City. Continue Reading »